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August 2020

Online Retreat: Wisdom of the Desert Mothers and Fathers

August 10 @ 7:00 pm - August 13 @ 4:00 pm
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Mepkin Abbey is sponsoring this online retreat based on the spirituality of the Desert Mothers and Fathers. Let's enter the "desert" of this extraordinary time of pandemic and social isolation together, turning to our desert elders for inspiration and spiritual guidance. The retreat begins with a conference the evening of Monday, August 10. Two conferences each day on Tuesday through Thursday, August 11-13, will combine reflection on the wisdom of the desert fathers with spiritual practices to help apply their…

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September 2020

Online Retreat: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and George MacDonald: the Wisdom of the Christian Imagination

September 12 @ 9:00 am - September 13 @ 10:30 am
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This retreat has been rescheduled and moved online. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia are masterpieces of fantasy literature. Since both authors were committed Christians, these writings also are filled with spiritual insights and mystical wisdom. On this retreat we will reflect together on how Tolkien, Lewis, and their 19th-century predecessor, George MacDonald, offer timeless guidance that remains relevant to followers of Christ today. Suggested donation for this retreat is $45. Retreat…

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Online Course: Wisdom of the World’s Mystical Traditions (Seven Week Program)

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - November 9 @ 9:00 pm
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Mysticism is like meditation and prayer — it cannot be limited to just one faith or wisdom tradition. Zeitgeist — Atlanta's home base for the spiritually independent seeker (and their allies like me, who are aligned with a faith but who love the interspiritual adventure) — is doing important work not only here in the south, but now thanks to online technology, for everyone. I'm really excited to partner with Zeitgeist to offer this seven week program on "Wisdom of…

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October 2020

Retreat: The Franciscan Way of Prayer

October 23 @ 5:00 pm - October 24 @ 5:00 pm
The Rock Hill Oratory, 434 Charlotte Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29730 United States
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The Franciscan Way of Prayer: Spiritual Wisdom from St. Francis of Assisi Everyone loves St. Francis! He's renowned for his gentle spirit, love of nature, and heart for the poor. From the pope to the most ordinary person, Francis — and Franciscan spirituality — has inspired us for centuries. But what is "Franciscan spirituality" and how can we pray like St. Francis and follow in his footsteps? This program begins with a Friday night conference exploring the life of "Il…

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November 2020

Online Course: Wisdom of the Christian Mystics (with Tessa Bielecki)

November 2 - November 27
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I'm excited to be offering this online course exploring the wisdom of the Christian mystics in partnership with my colleague and friend Tessa Bielecki. We will be celebrating the wisdom and insight of a dozen major voices within the Christian tradition, looking at how their wisdom remains relevant even in these extraordinary times, and how they invite us deeper in our own spiritual practice. To learn more and to register, click on this link: www.SpiritualityandPractice.com/WisdomoftheChristianMysticsE-Course

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Online Retreat: Wisdom of the Christian Mystics (with Brother Elias)

November 6 @ 5:30 pm - November 8 @ 5:30 pm
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This event has been moved to online. Please register to join us on Zoom. It's become an annual tradition! Every fall I co-facilitate this retreat with Brother Elias, the author of Tears of an Innocent God. Sign up soon — the retreat almost always fills up early. Wisdom of the Christian Mystics (Br. Elias & Carl McColman) From the Desert Fathers to Julian of Norwich to Thomas Merton, Christian history is filled with stories of men and women who experienced a…

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Online Event: Dealing with Distractions During Centering Prayer

November 13 @ 1:00 pm - November 14 @ 3:00 pm
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"I've tried Centering Prayer, but my mind just won't settle down!" If you've ever said this, or something like it, then this mini-retreat is for you! We will be reflecting together on how the "monkey mind" feels like such a distraction during forms of silent prayer — and then we'll consider how we can actually "meet the monkey" in such a way that even the noisiest thoughts can become doorways to moving deeper into prayerful silence before God. We'll have…

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January 2021

Online Course: Wisdom of the Christian Mystics (Columbia Seminary)

January 4, 2021 @ 8:00 am - January 29, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Online Event

I've offered this course on the spirituality of the Christian Mystics several times through Columbia Seminary's Center for Lifelong Learning. We're adapting it to an online format and are pleased to make this available in this way. We will draw on the wisdom and insight of the mystics themselves, and reflect on how their visionary teaching can be inspiring and beneficial for Christians in our time — and for all times. We recommend you register early as space is limited.…

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